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Day Trips from Rome: Lakes of Bracciano and Martignano

A great day out or even multiday trip in the countryside of Rome and easy to reach the start point by train from Rome. This is one of the greatest ways to escape the traffic and noise of Rome and get to visit one of Italy’s big lakes Bracciano and the towns located around the water.

Top Getaway from Rome: Secret Lake of Martignano

The first leg of this multi stop itinerary for cycling around the Lakes north of Rome is approximately 7 kilometres, cycling is mostly off road and made easy by the fact the path isn’t narrow or rocky. Its certainly easier than the Appian Way Bike Tour since it doesn’t involve cycling between big blocks of stone or even bumpy surfaces.

Travelling by Bike to the Secret Getaway of Rome: Lake of Martigano

Most of the time you will be cycling over gravel roads, smooth without much ascent or hills to climb. The trail to reach the Lake of Martignano includes some stretches of cycling through woodland as well as the majority being out in the open.

The lake itself is an absolute gem, hidden as it were from view until you break through the treeline. Its also famous for its crystal clear waters, protected as it is thanks to the Regional Park department of Lakes Bracciano and Martignano.

Activities and food at Martignano Lake

One of the best things to do at Martignano Lake is go for a swim! It has crystal clean water and beautiful beaches surrounding the lake as well as Kayaks, Canoes and various other equipment for rent. There is plenty of space to put a towel down on the grass and warm yourself in the sun, as well as food trucks located within the vicinity of the beach.

Continuing Onwards: Further Journey

Visit the towns near the lakes

You can continue on your journey of the Lakes of Rome by reaching the asphalted road that runs around Bracciano Lake. Following this road will lead you past the towns of Trevignano Romano, Bracciano and Anguillara. The road however is open to traffic, but it can be avoided by heading towards Monterosi instead.

Further away without traffic: Monterosi, Sutri and Via Francigena

If you are not a fan of hanging out around the waters edge or spending the day catching a tan, then continue exploring the area around the Lake of Bracciano. From the Lake of Martignano as described previously, one can continue on a marvellous bike cycling multistop itinerary towards the Via Francigena and the towns that are along the way.

  • For more information about this area and to see what trips we have planned for the forthcoming months, please check The Via Francigena: Between Rome and Siena
  • Who is this tour suitable for? Anybody who can cycle for 4 hours a day can do this Multiday trip.

Planning for this trip

Arriving at Anguillara Train Station

There are trains almost hourly from Ostiense train station to Anguillara Sabazia, not to be confused with Anguillara Subaudia which lies south of Rome. Heading northwards towards

Returning to Rome

Having spent the best of the day reaching the lake, eating and swimming in the water, your return to Rome will probably be around 4/5pm. Take the same path back to the train station Anguillara or use the asphalted road running around the lake of Bracciano to go back a different way.

This makes our tour to Martignano Lake an ideal day trip from Rome. If you are looking for something closer to Rome, please check our page Appian Way Bike Tours which are perfect for a half day trip from Rome.